Jonker (inside) and Vega One go nose to nose in the 2021 Kingsford Cup at Eagle Farm (Photo: Ross Stanley)
Gunsynd's Gossip

September 10, 2021

This weekend’s five event program at Lee Park has attracted 73 acceptors that include 15 reserves … so there will be plenty of equine competitors and 18 jockeys have early bookings.

Lots of South Burnett players are in the mix:

  • Tom Moloney will line up with Igbo, a recent Warra winner. and Diggity
  • Kristen Roon pins her hope in Kakatiya, a brilliant finisher at the previous Lee Park meeting, and Allena.
  • Glenn Richardson’s fate may be determined by the barrier draw. His charges with gate numbers are as follows: The Old Bird (15 and 1), Mr Noddy (13), Raining Riches (11), La Belle La Belle (15) and Miserable (17), a word that just about sums it up.
  • Janene Armstrong’s emergency is Kitty Kat’s Kitten, a well named mare by Whittington.
  • Kumbia’s Royce Connolly is scheduled to saddle up Eddiegato, Chamberlain, the All American gelding that scored at Talwood a month ago, and Static Lift, a former North Western Queensland gelding by Starcraft.
  • Kym Afford will rely on Flying Kass. She is unusually coloured, being listed as a grey-chestnut.
  • Nicole Vuille’s the Angels Kiss will be having its second outing for the yard.
  • Brian Laherty’s Rheinbeck Billirubinsteps out for the first time for Illirubin

Meanwhile, for the numerically smaller meeting at Thangool, Wondai’s Neville O’Toole has entered A Good Chance while Richardson has paid up for Miserable, Mr Noddy and the Nanango Cup winner Vermutin.

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: Incentivise (Anthony Allen) easily wins the 2021 Ipswich Cup ( Photo: Ross Stanley)

Warming Up In The South

Given the time of the year, Spring Season is an omen name for the Lee Park card.

The candidate for the Heritage Bank Nanango Class B will have the services of Hannah Richardson.

The lightly raced six-year-old is returning after a three month bleeding ban incurred at Sapphire in June.

The Sebring chestnut is beautifully bred: his dam Private Steer, a grand-daughter of Semipalatinsk, swept up the 2003 Stradbroke, the Doncaster Handicap, the 2004 All Aged Stakes and seven other black type events.

Spring Season has had just nine runs and is a heavy track Maiden winner at Sapphire.

Meanwhile, there is tremendous Queensland interest in the Flemington action on Saturday.

Incentivise, the high ranking Cups contender now in the care of Peter Moody, kicks off his campaign in the $500,000 Makybe Diva (1600m).

The five-year-old veteran of just nine outings has chalked up six victories in a row. Brett Prebble replaces Anthony Allen who was the pilot for all except one of those successes.

The promising stayer prevailed over a mile in a Maiden at Caloundra.

On paper, it looks like mission impossible for the Shamus Award gelding in Group One company at this distance.

The Ipswich Cup hero does have speed through Iglesia on his maternal side of his pedigree.

Eyes will be fixed on his work over the final 200 metres.

Jonker, the talented sprinter prepared by Tony Gollan, will be handled by Damian Lane in the $300,000 Bobby Lewis Quality (Gr 2) over the straight six course.

Spirit of Boom’s son has had five tasks for Gollan and is yet to miss a place.

His first up record stands at 8: 2-1-2.

His effort to beat all but his stablemate Vega One in the $700,00 Kingsford Smith Cup (Gr 1, 1300m) in late May was impressive.

The bay was also placed in this year’s The Galaxy (Gr 1) at Rosehill.

By the way, it pleasing to report that Brooke Stower’s comeback is in full swing.

She booted home a double with Qukes ($17) and Myboycellito ($13) at Grafton last Saturday.

The former Queenslander has a dozen rides at Armidale and Coffs Harbour this weekend.

Good luck for the Nanango program!

Get to Lee Park and make the most of the freedom.

The scenario at Sydney and Melbourne racetracks at present is painfully the opposite.

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